Our 5 favorite books of 2018

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In this staggering gut-punch of a novel, Miranda July writes about an employee of a self-defense clinic with her trademark ferocious, dark humor.


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The narratives of the disgraced people in Ronson’s book are engaging on their own, but Ronson’s insights into the impulse to shame others is what kept us riveted.

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Written by the guy who won a Pulitzer for a biography of atomic-bomb creator J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Good Spy takes a more forgiving view of the espionage agency and the entirely human people who staff it.

 
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It’s exceedingly well-written, and it’s a ridiculous amount of fun to read. But more than anything, it’s just so lovingly built and populated.

 
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Beautifully printed, beautifully designed—this book is a complete series of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascapes.

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